NASCAR fans had sad news coming their way as they await the first race after the mid-season break in the cup series, the Nashville Superspeedway Cup Race. The owner of Speedway Motorsports, who owns and operates the track, Bruton Smith passed away at the age of 95. The pure love and respect he had for the sport paved his way to the NASCAR Hall of Fame, the class of 2016, from his birthplace North Carolina farm country.
The legendary NASCAR promotor who first started his career as a racer at the age of 17 dropped his plans and became a race organizer coming head-to-head with the NASCAR in making car races a reality. But when he returned from his military duty in the Korean war his organization was in shambles which made him choose the path of being a race promotor and later became the main man in the business.
Speedway Motorsports was the founder and builder of the Charlotte Motor Speedway, which hosts the iconic Coco-Cola 600, and operates more than 11 tracks throughout the state. NASCAR, IndyCar, and NHRA are among the series which visit these racing facilities such as Atlanta; Bristol, Tennessee; Charlotte; Las Vegas; New Hampshire; Sonoma, California; Texas; Dover, Delaware; Nashville, Tennessee; North Wilkesboro, North Carolina; and Kentucky.
How NASCAR Twitter reacts to Bruton Smith’s death
NASCAR Twitter was in a frenzy following the announcement of the legendary NASCAR figure passing away as fans joined the family and friends of Bruton Smith in mourning his death and offered their condolences. Fans and NASCAR personalities came forth sharing their memories with the legend and also shared the valuable contribution the legend has made to the sport and its growth to what it is now.